State Labor Members for Perth’s South East have expressed their excitement over Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s pledge to build the Armadale to Byford railway line.
Currently, Byford residents have to drive long distances if they want to access the Armadale or Mandurah train line.
Labor Upper House East Metro MLC Matthew Swinbourn told WAMN News that some residents in Byford go as far as Cockburn Central to get railway access.
He says Byford is the fastest growing region in Australia and it needs good public transport.
“The stories from people telling me, particularly from one car families is that the partner has to drive the husband or the wife to work, and the distance they have to travel,” He said.
“So having access to the trains for work is going to make a difference and it’s really important.”
The announcement was made on Thursday morning, following Mr Shorten’s train trip from Cannington, accompanied by WA Premier Mark McGowan and his fellow ministers.
Mr Shorten promised that Labor will contribute $240 million to build the Byford extension rail if they are elected in the next Federal Election.
“Cities need public transport, METRONET in Western Australia is a fantastic idea,” Mr Shorten said.
“Its business case is well put together; there’s been amazing advocacy from the McGowan Government about putting the resources into building better rail lines.”
The Federal Opposition also says the railway project will create thousands of jobs for local West Australians.